First swimming app for Apple Watch can't be listed in the App Store

First swimming app for Apple Watch can't be listed in the App Store
The Apple Watch has a IP certification of IP X7. This means that the timepiece can be submerged in up to 3.28 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes, and emerge unscathed. But that doesn't mean that you can swim with it, and even Apple doesn't recommend that you wear it in the pool. Nonetheless, a developer named Ted Bradley has written the first swimming app for the Apple Watch.

Bradley has written a similar app for Pebble and in porting over the app to the Apple Watch, the developer had to confront some differences between the two smartwatches. Pebble, he notes, has a remarkable seven day battery life as opposed to the much shorter battery life on the Apple Watch. When it comes to storing and running apps, the Pebble is quite limited when compared to the infrastructure of Apple's intelligent timepiece.

On the other hand, an app stays open on the Pebble until the user closes it. On the Apple Watch, the screen turns off to conserve battery life and once that happens, the app stops measuring real time data. But Apple has APIs that allow the Watch to 'remember' data that is stored while the screen is off. Once the screen turns on, the data can be requested by the now awakened app. You can see that in the video when the Apple Watch lags before the data hits the screen. Speaking of data, the information on the Apple Watch can be imported to HealthKit. The app measures the number of laps completed and the distance covered. On the Apple Watch, a swimmer's heartbeat can be tracked.

Section 13.1 of the App Store review guidelines states "Apps that encourage users to use an Apple Device in a way that may cause damage to the device will be rejected." Since Apple says that the Apple Watch cannot be used while swimming, the app cannot be posted in the App Store. As a result, Bradley and his team can only hope that Apple improves the waterproofing on the next Apple Watch. Until then, you can check out the app by clicking on the video below.

source: Activeintime via RedmondPie



1. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Port it to Android, and you're good.

2. applefanboylol

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

If there were enough devs on Android interested in watch development, maybe you guys can get your own genuine app for once :)

4. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

If there were less restrictions for devs on iOS interested in watch development, maybe you guys can get your own genuine apps you'd like that are/will be present on Android.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This app still requires the iPhone. So you can keep it. At least Android Wear developers can make standalone apps that don't require the phone. Apple users have to wait until the fall. Even then developers still won't be able to make watch faces for Apple's watch.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Member since 29th June 2015. I see you make an effort to log in your 5 other Troll account's to Troll this posting. Pathetic.

3. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

screw water and screw swimming!

6. AlikMalix unregistered

screw logic!

8. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014


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10. kdstm

Posts: 3; Member since: May 02, 2015

​After some time spent with my Apple Watch I can finally say that this device deserves its place on the wrist. What caused my decision is the nice little third party apps that make life easier and give some added value. Take Idealist shopping list ( for example. This nice little app now lets me use both my hand while I do the shopping and still see the products I need to buy. No longer do I have to hold my iPhone to check the list. So look for these nice little apps and you will see the power of the watch.

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